Dad smashes target after running Bournemouth Marathon in memory of late wife (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Dad smashes target after running Bournemouth Marathon in memory of late wife
A WIMBORNE dad has raised more than £1,300 for charity by running 26 miles for the latest Goddard family fundraiser.
Paul Goddard, 45, ran 26.2 miles for the Bournemouth Marathon in memory of his late wife Lisa, who died in September 2012 from a sudden heart attack aged 38, in order to raise money for Poole Hospital charity.
In the past, Paul has run the London Marathon, and helped Lisa to organise a spring ball in aid of the Daily Echo-backed Sparkle Appeal, as well as a charity ladies evening and men’s night.
Paul aimed to make £500 for the charity, but this soon became £1,000.
Thanks to word of mouth and kind-hearted members of the public, he beat this target by an extra £300.
He has now handed this over to Poole Hospital, much to the pride of his son, Morgan, 12, and Demi-Marie, 10.
Paul said: “My time was quicker by two seconds than when I ran the London Marathon in 2011, with a finishing time of 4hours, 30minutes and 36seconds.
“I have raised a staggering £1303.57 for the Cardiac Unit at Poole Hospital and I am so chuffed.
“I also want to thank my good friend, Adam Bardsley, who ‘dragged’ me around the course to get me through it.”
Paul had previously spoken before the marathon of how his wife Lisa had been involved with a number of charity events, and how she enjoyed raising money for others.
Speaking to the Daily Echo before the event, he said: “As a family we have been through something life-changing and I just wanted to give something back.”
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